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3001 (Space Odyssey Book 4) [Kindle Edition]

Arthur C. Clarke
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A thousand years after being cast into the frozen void of space by the supercomputer HAL, Frank Poole is brought back to life-and thrust into a world more technically advanced than the one he left behind. He discovers a world of human minds directly interfacing with computers; genetically-engineered dinosaur servants; and massive space elevators built around the Equator.

He also discovers an impending threat to humanity-lurking within the enigmatic monoliths. To fight it, Poole must join forces with David Bowman and HAL, now fused into one corporeal consciousness-and the only being with the power to thwart the monoliths' mysterious creators.

A continuation of Arthur C. Clarke's groundbreaking Space Odyssey series, 3001: The Final Odyssey takes readers on a journey full of mysticism, wonder, and suspense.

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    Then it came close enough for visual inspection.

    "Goliath here", Chandler radioed Earthwards, his voice tinged with pride as well as solemnity. "We're bringing aboard a 1000-year-old astronaut. And I can guess who it is. "

    Thus after drifting to an icy death in 2001: A Space Odyssey, the body of astronaut Frank Poole is recovered in the outer reaches of the Solar System. Preserved at near absolute zero, it is a simple task for medical science a millennium hence to restore Poole to life--though strangely for a novel which pits religion against science, the metaphysical implications of technological resurrection are unexamined --and the first half is devoted to Poole's integration into the society of the future. If anything he adjusts with far too little grief or culture shock: apart from mourning his dog, and learning how the new technology works, he faces no major difficulties. Still, the world of the future is drawn with broad, imaginative strokes and apart from a persistent continuity error which makes Poole 6 years old in 2001, this is fascinating stuff. The plot kicks into gear with the revelation that the famous black monoliths may ultimately not have humanity's interests at heart, leading to a perfunctorily presented struggle for survival. Clarke himself notes that the ending is functionally identical to that of Independence Day, though novel and film were created simultaneously. Not the hoped-for late classic, 3001: the Final Odyssey does provide the satisfaction of closure to Clarke's epic Odyssey Quartet.--Gary S. Dalkin

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    Out beyond the orbit of Saturn, the space tug Goliath nudges the ice core of a comet onto its fifty-year journey sunward. Ice enough to cover the hell fires of Mercury and Venus with oceans kilometres deep, and thus to make those planets habitable. It is the beginning of the work of centuries but is interrupted when the Goliath is ordered to bring in the perfectly preserved body of Frank Poole, the first victim of the rogue computer HAL a thousand years before.

    But this is only the beginning of the Final Odyssey, an Odyssey that leads one man to defy the limitless power of an alien technology. An Odyssey that leads to the moons of Jupiter, to Europa, where a Monolith reaching ten kilometres skyward guards a village of ice on the shores of an ocean.

    Europa, a frozen world where a new life is being born and the future of Man is weighed in the balance…

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 1130 KB
    • Print Length: 274 pages
    • Publisher: RosettaBooks (30 Nov. 2012)
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00AHG9KYE
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    • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
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    Born in Somerset in 1917, Arthur C. Clarke has written over sixty books, among which are the science fiction classics 2001: A Space Odyssey, Childhood's End, The City and the Stars and Rendezvous With Rama. He has won all the most prestigious science fiction trophies, and shared an Oscar nomination with Stanley Kubrick for the screenplay of the film of 2001. He was knighted in 1998. He died in 2008 at his home in Sri Lanka.

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    12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Odyssey Four 19 July 2007
    By Jane Aland VINE VOICE
    Following on from '2001', '2010' and '2061', '3001' completes Clarke's series of alien contact, as Frank Poole is reanimated a thousand years into his future to confront alien monoliths once more.

    When I first read this on publication in 1997 I hated it, thinking it a travesty of the original '2001: A Space Odyssey', however ten years later having re-read all four novels back to back I find myself a lot more impressed by it, with the ultimate showdown between humanity and the monoliths being a natural extention of the ongoing narrative of the earlier books, and the fact that certain aspects are open to debate (are the monoliths malfunctioning, or is this all another alien test?) adding to the fun.

    Clarke's increasing habit of re-inserting entire (albeit small) chapters from previous novels does reach annoying heights here, though the argumet could be made he is refreshing readers memories of past events, but on the whole '3001 - The Final Odyseey' is an enjoyable ride, as Clarke paints an intruiging future life for humanity and brings the monolith tale to a close.

    A solid finale.
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    10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Readable but could have been much better 4 May 2006
    Clarke returns to the universe of 2001: A Space Odyssey with the fourth and last novel, this time focusing on Frank Poole, the astronaut murdered by Hal in 2001. A thousand years later, Poole's frozen corpse is retrieved and revived by a society that regards him as a hero and a living national treasure. At first he's fully occupied with learning to live in an alien society and providing information to historians. But as boredom sets in, he finds himself drawn back to space and the Jupiter system... and the possibility of a meeting with David Bowman.

    As Clarke notes in an afterword, it's not possible to be completely consistent in a series about the near future that was written over a period of thirty years, and this book is better viewed as a variation on a theme rather than a sequel. With that in mind, the within series continuity glitches aren't an issue, although there are a couple of annoying glitches within the book's own timeline. The real problem is that this book is mostly a travelogue of the year 3001, with the section about the monoliths feeling sketchy and tacked on. There's also a problem with some blatant preaching in places, when characters who are supposed to be having a conversation sound more as if they're reading a prepared speech to sway an audience. I found it

    annoying, and I agree with many of the views being espoused.

    It's a readable and often enjoyable book, but I expect better from Clarke. I'd have felt cheated if I'd spent the money to buy this in hardback.
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Quality end edition to this series 20 Sept. 2000
    By A Customer
    Format:Audio Cassette
    The book is ultimatly readable as it is pacy with the 'cant put it down' feel. I managed to polish it off in two days and thouroulghy enjoyed it. Arthur C Clarkes' imagination and vision of the events that will take place within the next 1000 years is marvellous. would certainly reccomend yo anybody who would like to know what will happen to man(woman)kind!
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    16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars What a poor ending! 7 April 2003
    By A Customer
    I was extremely dissapointed with this book. I am a massive fan of 2001 the book and the film and have read all the books in the 2001 series but I wish that I had not read this one. 2001 and even 2010 were magical and mysterious, leaving the reader to make their own meanings and ideas. With 2063 the series began to become rather ordinary - just like any run of the mill science fiction book but 2063 still left many unanswered questions. 3001 unfortunatly, decided to answer all the questions.
    I had though that 2001 was one of those stories that should never be explained. It should be left there to hang for all eternity, always to leave you wondering. It would be extremely difficult to come up with an appropriate ending to the series and 3001 just didn't do it. The ending was very "ordinary" and boring. It pulled the entire series down to "normal" level and basically ruined it in my opinion.
    As a stand alone, the book is good and interesting and enjoyable in a Buck Rogers fashion. As an ending to the 2001 series - it's a disaster. I wish I had never read it.
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    This book is a big disappointment. After the thrill of the original 2001 and the two subsequent books, I was looking forward to a capstone book where we learn much about the social and political structure of the universe. I expected this to come from some knowledge regarding the builders of the monoliths and their real purpose in creating them. However, it turns out that they are just stupid machines, most likely not even as intelligent as HAL, yet somehow sophisticated enough to absorb the personality of David Bowman, who still manages to "live" and influence the actions of the monolith.
    The book begins with the discovery of the body of astronaut Frank Poole in deep space, where he is still alive after a thousand years. He is revived, and the story largely revolves around his attempts to acclimate to a new society. This gives Clarke the opportunity to make some predictions about the future course of social and technical advancement, most notably the near abolition of religion. While such a situation is of interest, the real point is to reach some understanding concerning the purpose of the monoliths, and that is just not covered.
    I read the book because I felt the need to complete the series. However, it lacks the drama and mystique of the previous books, even the social commentary is not up to Clarke's previous high standards.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Great finish to series!;
    Published 4 months ago by Mr. P. Dilley
    2.0 out of 5 stars reconstructed by nano-critters or some thing and the revived living...
    The premise of this final ( because of ACC's death) instalment in the series is quite intriguing: Frank Poole's corpse has been drifting through the solar system for a thousand... Read more
    Published 5 months ago by Borusa
    5.0 out of 5 stars Like all of ACC writing
    Like all of ACC writing, it's excellent and a must read for fans of hard science fiction. This is the last of the four books that tell the story of the mysterious monolith and its... Read more
    Published 5 months ago by Sandro
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Good read.
    Published 9 months ago by D. Stevens
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Another wonderful book from A.C. Clarke, Fantastic last book in the Odyssey series.
    Published 11 months ago by Gwyn
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    This book was given away as a gift....
    Published 12 months ago by Mari
    4.0 out of 5 stars Great end to the oddessy
    I loved this series. Flows well and as always Clarke makes you stop and wonder as to the meaning of life. One of my favourite all time writers
    Published 13 months ago by micksramblings
    5.0 out of 5 stars a great purchase, from a great author, for a great price
    My little brother was thrilled when I got him this as an extra Xmas stocking filler. It's a great book as I have now had chance to read it myself.
    Published 16 months ago by Malesupport
    2.0 out of 5 stars Seemed more like a synopsis
    This one seems to me to have been written with a deadline in mind, and while there are obviously a lot of loose ends of human history to tie up after 1000 years, by the halfway... Read more
    Published on 15 Dec. 2012 by Neil Holliday
    2.0 out of 5 stars An embarassing ending to the series
    2001 and 2010 had something slightly fantastical about them. They had hard science at the core and offered visionary views of a possible human past and future. Read more
    Published on 5 July 2012 by Mr. R. D. Turner
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